Tarrey Torae Richardson is a 6 time Apollo Winner who has appeared on two Grammy Award Winning Albums for her work with Kanye West on The College Drop Out album and John Legend’s debut Get Lifted album. With a passion for people that supersedes music, Tarrey had dreams of becoming Chicago’s first African‐American woman mayor, and in preparing for that path, she graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a B.A. in Political Science/Pre‐Law and was well on her way towards fulfilling this dream, before discovering she was destined to sing. This musical powerhouse has performed on stages with The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder. Her songwriting skills also have been featured on Platinum & Gold records with Kanye West, John Legend, & Freeway. She’s also featured on records with J. Ivy, Pete Rock, Freeway, and The Last Poets.
Beyond singing and writing, her artistic background has extended into theater, film and television. She has taken on a new role in the upcoming film “Hal King” and is playing the character named Madame Quickly. Hal King will be released in the summer of 2018. Torrae’s other current endeavors include her House Music Single Release “Marching On.” She is also on tour with the legendary and iconic Slick Rick for the fifth year in a row, whilst simultaneously touring with legendary, award-winning poet, J. Ivy, for his Dear Father Concert Tour and National Community Service Campaign. Tarrey still finds time to work in the community with children and young adults giving self‐esteem and creative workshops. Tarrey will be joining her husband, J.Ivy to co-present an enlightenment motivational session for him and for her entitled Outspoken- Words for Inspiration and Motivation in Honor of the UN International World Family Day on May 16, 2018 from 7- 9 pm at Magic City.